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Flames needing impactful playoff performance from Johnny Gaudreau

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DENVER – Johnny Gaudreau is not the reason the Calgary Flames are reeling, down 2-1 against a surging Avalanche squad.

That has more to do with Nathan MacKinnon.

Heading into the matchup, and throughout the series, you can’t mention one without the other. Two superstars coming off 99-point seasons, who are having dramatically different impacts on this series.

One is running away with it, the other has been pedestrian at best.

Gaudreau’s playoff performance has been a concern in Calgary for several years, as many wonder if the undersized winger is capable of elevating his game when physicality increases, whistles are muted and time and space are at a premium.

Gaudreau was a non-factor in the Flames’ four-game loss to Anaheim two years ago, picking up just two assists and finishing minus-4 with eight shots.

So far in this series the storyline has been similar as he has one assist.

“Everyone has got to be better – not just one guy,” said Gaudreau, well aware the questioning was pointing out his obvious shortcomings this spring.

“We’re a team here. We’re a team of 23 here and all of us are going to be better next game and........

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